Today we live in a world where our kids don’t have to work for a lot of things like we did. Due to technology and social influences children and young adults are used to getting things with little effort.
When I was young and wanted Mac & Cheese I had to boil water, add noodles, stir occasionally, strain noodles, add milk, add butter, add cheese mix, and stir (usually took 15 minutes). Today’s youth has only to take out a quick pack, add water and microwave for 45 seconds (1 minute). And you know what? I like the “old Mac & Cheese” a lot better than the “quick pack”. Why am I talking about Mac & Cheese?
My point is: If you work for something, the taste of success is much more satisfying.
Let’s look into the life of a youth athlete:
- Communication is usually though text message, email, or cell phone (all instant)
- Large percentage of meals are microwaved or fast food (instant)
- Entertainment consists of TV, video games, or inter-net (instant)
- Parents of today want to do every thing for youth (me included)
We will look into these issues, and the effect it has on their athletics. This year, Matrix is implementing a leadership program that will help young girls develop in the following ways:
- Problem Solving (on the court, and in life)
- Self Confidence (Making correct choices, regardless of peer pressure)
- Work Ethic (This won’t be instant)
- Social Skills (Emotional and Social)
- Teamwork (How to build unity, and rally as a team & uplift each other)
- Communication (verbal, physical, and social)